Matrona
(726 words)

[German version]

[1] Term used in family law

Under Roman law of the Republican period, there was a difference between the matrona as the legal wife and the mater familias, the wife who was in the manus of her husband and thus belonged to his family (Gellius 18,6,8-9). This difference disappeared along with the marriage with manus ( Marriage), and since Augustus the terms matrona and mater familias are interchangeable in legal texts.

In social terms, the word matrona expre…

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Deißmann-Merten, Marie-Luise (Freiburg), Lafond, Yves (Bochum) and Schön, Franz (Regensburg), “Matrona”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e726750>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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